[Market-farming] tomato cracking

Steve Diver steved at ncat.org
Sat Feb 12 17:54:01 EST 2005


Jim Motes, vegetable specialist in Oklahoma, says that
soil moisture regulation with the two-tensiometer method
combined with drip irrigation can help prevent tomato
cracking.   One is placed at 6" depth and the second at 12".  
There are charts that explain how to regulate irrigation,
based on tensiometer readings.

Two quick Extension fact sheets that might be helpful.

Drip Irrigation for Vegetables, MF1090
Kansas State University
http://www.oznet.ksu.edu/library/hort2/samplers/MF1090.asp

Irrigation Scheduling with Tensiometers, FS657
Rutgers University
http://www.rce.rutgers.edu/pubs/pdfs/fs657.pdf

Regards,

Steve Diver

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I'm hoping that black plastic mulch with drip irrigation will
help a bit with the cracking.  Some cooperation from mother
nature wouldn't hurt, either!

Vivian







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